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Bristol Palin announces birth of second child Sailor Grace

Bristol Palin, 25, posted photos on Instagram Thursday with her newborn baby girl Sailor Grace.bsmp2/via Instagram

Bristol Palin, 25, posted photos on Instagram Thursday with her newborn baby girl Sailor Grace.

Pro-life activist Bristol Palin, daughter of conservative commentator Sarah Palin, gave birth to a girl named Sailor Grace, seven months after Palin’s wedding was called off, Palin said Thursday.

The 25-year-old and her ex-fiancé Dakota Meyer — who was long thought to be the baby’s father — announced the Wednesday birth in Instagram posts. The flak surrounding Bristol Palin’s second out-of-wedlock child didn’t show up in the adorable photos of the baby and Palin’s other child, 7-year-old son Tripp.

“My sweet Sailor Grace was born yesterday, our family couldn’t be more complete,” Palin wrote on Instagram. “My heart just doubled.”

Meyer, a war hero who won the Medal of Honor for his service with the U.S. Marine Corps, also celebrated.

“Best Christmas present ever!!” Meyer said in his post. “I couldn’t be more proud of this little blessing.”

The announcement follows Palin’s outrage toward critics she called “giddy a$ $ holes” on her blog for referring to her as an “abstinence spokesperson” who had accidentally become pregnant.

Baby girl Sailor Grace is the newborn younger sister of Bristol Palin's first child, 7-year-old Tripp.bsmp2/via Instagram

Baby girl Sailor Grace is the newborn younger sister of Bristol Palin’s first child, 7-year-old Tripp.

She wrote in June that the pregnancy had been planned, even though she had written in an earlier blog post, “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.” The mistake she was referring to was not her second pregnancy, she wrote.

“When I realized I was pregnant, I knew I would be completely crucified,” her blog post said. “But I never even thought of aborting this child, NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE. (Sorry to the ghouls at Gawker, who said this baby is an argument FOR abortion. Not happening.)”

Palin also shared a public service announcement she appeared in on behalf of a teen pregnancy education group. The Candie’s Foundation ad featured a young mother arguing with a baby over whether the new mom could go out with her friends.

“And you thought your parents were controlling?” Palin said in the ad. “Don’t let a teenage pregnancy take away your freedom.”

Palin gave birth to Tripp as an 18-year-old months after her mother, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, lost the 2008 election. The younger Palin and her prior fiancé Levi Johnston split up soon afterward. Bristol Palin earned $ 262,500 in 2009 from the foundation, Forbes magazine reported at the time.

Bristol Palin posed with her ex-fiancé, war hero Dakota Meyer, in this photo from when the pair were still together.bsmp2/via Instagram

Bristol Palin posed with her ex-fiancé, war hero Dakota Meyer, in this photo from when the pair were still together.

An organization that dismissed incorrect reports that it once employed her, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, called her out with its own blog post in June.

“You said you didn’t want any lectures, and I don’t blame you,” Amy Kramer, a senior director at the organization wrote. “So consider this some helpful advice instead: birth control. There are lots of methods, and with a little effort, you can find one that works for your body and life. Abstinence is a method you’ve spoken about often and passionately, and it is the only 100% effective method out there … but obviously it isn’t the best fit for you.”

Kramer added, “I wish you and your family the best during this trying time. And just like in 2008, I hope your story serves as cautionary tale to other young women.”

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